What is a Connector?

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This course explores the core components of Microsoft's Power Platform, including the Microsoft Dataverse, common data model, compliance, connecting data to Power Platform, and the AI Builder.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn about the Microsoft Dataverse and the Common Data Model
  • Learn about Power Platform environments and data compliance
  • Understand the types of connectors you can use within Power Platform
  • Explore the AI Builder and various low- to no-code use cases for various AI Models

Intended Audience

This course is for anyone who wants to understand the core components within the Power Platform and who wants additional insight into how their data connects within it.

Prerequisites

To get the most out of this course you should already have a basic understanding of Power Platform. Before embarking on this course, we recommend that you take our course "Understanding the Business Value of Microsoft Power Platform" beforehand.

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If there's one thing you've gathered from this course thus far, it's how connected everything within the dataverse is, which is a great segue into connectors. Think of connectors like bridges between your data and your solution. Information can travel back and forth across connectors, allowing you to add additional functionality across your organization. To give a quick example. If you want to pull information from a SharePoint site to be used within a Power apps canvas app, you can use a connector to bridge between SharePoint and Power apps so it can utilize the data stored there.

Connectors can be broken up into three different types being standard, premium, and custom. Standard and premium connectors are pre-built solutions that you can use within your environments. Standard connectors are default, while premium connectors require additional licensing. Some standard connectors are things like SharePoint and Outlook connections, while examples of premium connectors are things like SQL Server and Azure DevOps connections. If there isn't a connector for exactly what you need, you can create a custom connector, which are connectors made by users for their specific needs. Custom connectors allow a user to create a connection with a publicly available API so you can connect that information into Power Platform.

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Lee has spent most of his professional career learning as much as he could about PC hardware and software while working as a PC technician with Microsoft. Once covid hit, he moved into a customer training role with the goal to get as many people prepared for remote work as possible using Microsoft 365. Being both Microsoft 365 certified and a self-proclaimed Microsoft Teams expert, Lee continues to expand his knowledge by working through the wide range of Microsoft certifications.